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1st Lieutenant Joel Clifton Blake, Company K, 5th Florida Infantry

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Prewar OccupationsMiscellaneous
  • Owned 118 slaves in 1860.
  • His brothers Walter Richard and Isham Miles also served in Company K, 5th Florida Infantry.
  • His parents were Miles Blake and Susan Parish.

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 Date Event Location Rank Unit  
  February 3, 1831 Born Leon County, FL Detail
  May 30, 1853 Married Leon County, FL Detail
  February 20, 1862 Enlisted Tallahassee, FL 1st Lieutenant Company K, 5th Florida Infantry Detail
  July 2, 1863 Killed Gettysburg, PA Detail

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Page 152 -- Roll Company K (Dixie Yeomen)--5th Florida Infantry
Page 152 -- Roll Company K (Dixie Yeomen)--5th Florida Infantry
 

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Letter of  Joel Clifton Blake to Laura Parish Blake on September 18, 1862
"Letters of Joel C. Blake", APALACHEE Volume V, 1962. Copy on file at US Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Winchester Virginia Sept 18th 1862 My Dear Laura, I do wish I could feel well enough to write you a good, sensible letter, for I know you have not been able to gather much information from the last 3 or 4 letters I have written if you have received them. I am still at Mr. Philip Williams, Receiving all the care and attention that a sick man could wish, he is a lawyer and a very pious man, the prayer bell is heard regularly here morning & evening and all invited to attend service, the house has been full of soldiers ever since I came, the old man has two sons in the army & lie takes great...

Letter of  Joel Clifton Blake to Ann Eliza Blake on December 8, 1862
"Letters of Joel C. Blake", APALACHEE Volume V, 1962. Copy on file at US Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Richmond Va Dec 8th 62 My Dear Annie, Your box with its contents was duly received upon my arrival in this place, I found it at the Fla hospital, where it was left in care of Dr. Palmer. I can not thank the ladies too much for their hansome contribution of socks, gloves, etc., they come in good time and will be highly appreciated by the company, it was of all things just what we mostly needed, I have distributed some of them to those of our company who are here at the hospital, the rest I will take up with me when I return to the Rgmt. Who were the pant 2pr for? I see one nice pr of gloves...

Letter of  Joel Clifton Blake to Laura Parish Blake (Probably early spring 1863)
"Letters of Joel C. Blake", APALACHEE Volume V, 1962. Copy on file at US Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Tell Caty Simon is well. I succeeded in getting him some more blankets and he and Peelers boy by sleeping together keep warm. We have a tent for them and they are about as comfortably fixed as we are. Our Old Sutler made his appearance in camps yesterday, he has been absent for more than two months, and the boys have felt much in need of him, for they have not even been able to get a chew of tobacco or any little thing they might want unless some fellow was fortunate enought to get off to Richmond. We had two waggon loads of sutlers stores to come in with him, consisting of cakes, crackers,...

Letter of  Joel Clifton Blake to Laura Parish Blake on April 10, 1863
"Letters of Joel C. Blake", APALACHEE Volume V, 1962. Copy on file at US Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Camp near Fredericksburg April 10, 1863 My Dear Laura, I have just been relieved from a good deal of anxiety & uneasiness by the arrival of your long & interesting letter of the 1st. I do humbly thank God that he has so mercifully preserved my dear family from that disease & death which seemed to be sweeping over the whole country. My uneasiness for the last three or four days has rendered me almost entirely unfit for duty. Lt. Peeler got a letter from Simadosia Peeler, who stated that cousin Tom had just been to see her & that he said the scarlet fever was raging on the Lake in an aggravated...

Letter of  Joel Clifton Blake to Laura Parish Blake on June 22, 1863
"Letters of Joel C. Blake", APALACHEE Volume V, 1962. Copy on file at US Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

5½ miles from Charlestown June 22nd 5 O.C. PM Dear Laura, We left camp near Berryville this morning and have been traveling through a lovely country all the morning, such magnificent groves, pastures, springs & meadow can certainly nowhere else exist. No wonder so many delighted in "My Mountain Home", surely if there is an Eden on Earth that spot is the Valley of the Shannondoah. I have thought a hundred times as I passed along, how happy I could be if I had you all with me, and was peacably settled upon one of these farms here in Western Virginia. I am attached much you know to Florida...

Letter of  Andrew Fraser Berry to Laura Parish Blake on August 2, 1863    Comments have been posted about this letter.         (1 comment)
"Letters of Joel C. Blake", APALACHEE Volume V, 1962. Copy on file at US Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Culpepper, Va. August 2, 1863 Mrs. Blake, Enclosed is a tribute of respect from the Company towards our deceased and beloved companion and leader Lt. J. C. Blake. Receive it as a testimonial of our love and respect for him. Yours A. F. Berry Chairman Committee Co. K, 5th Fla. Reg.

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The fighting northeast of Sykes' left never amounted to much, but it resulted in the death of a civilian. Lt. Joel C. Baker of Miccosukee, Fla., age 31, belonged to a company that called itself the "Dixie Yeomen." In a letter home, Baker described moving past a "little dwelling" the Yankees "had fired in their retreat." An artillery shell had decapitated "the elderly lady of the house." A younger woman "was perfectly frantic," searching for two little children. The dead woman cannot be identified with certainty, but the house must have been that...

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